Metropolis, Mapping the City



Conway is an imprint that has long enjoyed a reputation for producing fine visual books where images have been reproduced to a high quality in monochrome and full colour. This is a book in that tradition and the result is impressive. This is a serious review of the development of the city and its impact on civilization, but it is also an art book with lavish illustration in the Conway tradition. The author has traced the development and visual recording of the city from ancient times to modern day. This is a complex and vital story that is told clearly and which benefits from the fine illustration. This book is a treat both visually and from its compelling text. A great story that affects all of us.

Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection


Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection
The Courtauld Gallery, 18 February – 15 May 2016

In collaboration with the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, The Courtauld Gallery presents ‘Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection’
The exhibition brings back to the UK treasures sensationally sold to Berlin in 1882 by the 12th Duke of Hamilton, including Botticelli’s drawings for Dante’s epic poem, the ‘Divine Comedy’
At the heart of the exhibition are a selection of no less than thirty exquisite drawings by Botticelli charting Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise
The display will also feature priceless illuminated manuscripts including the celebrated ‘Hamilton Bible’, shown in the UK for first time since 1882
The exhibition runs from 18 February – 15 May 2016
The press preview is on Wednesday 17 February from 9:00 – 11:00 at The Courtauld Gallery

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BookPick: Nelson’s Band of Brothers

BookPick: Nelson’s Band of Brothers

by BigJules

On October 21, on the anniversary of the death of Horatio Nelson, and his victory at Trafalgar, I and many others will be toasting The Immortal Memory. There are legions of books on Nelson and his life and times – and I did wonder what more could be written about this subject. But Nelson’s Band of Brothers is a valuable contribution to Nelsonian scholarship as it contains new information – and overturns a few myths. The book extends the work undertaken by the late Colin White for The Trafalgar Captains, published in 2005. The biographies of some eighty officers that make up this new volume range from lieutenants in command of gunboats at the battle of Copenhagen through captains of line-of-battle-ships at the Nile and at Trafalgar, to admirals in command of squadrons in his fleets.

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TYGER sails forth in style!

TYGER sails forth in style!

by BigJules

I was privileged to have Tyger included among the hundreds of great new books launched in the UK on ‘Super Thursday’, October 8. My launch was held at the Chatham Community Library, just a hop, step and jump away from the historic dockyard. Around 80 readers, one even in period naval uniform, joined me to launch the latest Kydd title.

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